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Issue #2123 :: Monday, September 8, 2008

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UC Berkeley Removes Branches on Remaining Redwood
Campus police are now removing branches on the lone redwood tree by Memorial Stadium, giving the four remaining tree-sitters less room to maneuver high above the ground.

UC Berkeley's Deadline is Up, But Tree-Sitters Remain
The campus's 72-hour deadline to evacuate has expired--but the four tree-sitters are still in a tree.

UC Removes Unoccupied Trees From Oak Grove Podcast Video
The 42 of them galvanized three lawsuits, national media attention and the longest urban tree-sit in history, which has lasted since late 2006. Now nearly all the trees that once towered above the grove near Memorial Stadium-save for a lone redwood-lie in a heap.

Campus Gives Four Sitters a Deadline
Many of them have been there for months, but after the campus removed 40 trees near Memorial Stadium in the past few days, the four remaining tree-sitters told campus officials they want to come down.

News

UC Removes Unoccupied Trees From Oak Grove Podcast Video
The 42 of them galvanized three lawsuits, national media attention and the longest urban tree-sit in history, which has lasted since late 2006. Now nearly all the trees that once towered above the grove near Memorial Stadium-save for a lone redwood-lie in a heap.

Campus Gives Four Sitters a Deadline
Many of them have been there for months, but after the campus removed 40 trees near Memorial Stadium in the past few days, the four remaining tree-sitters told campus officials they want to come down.

UC Fall Aid Unchanged by Budget Deadlock
While community colleges struggle to cover delayed funds in the midst of the state budget impasse, the University of California is assuring students that they will not have problems receiving financial aid this semester.

Budget Cuts Force Math, Science Chairs to Reduce GSIs, Classes
The math department and several science departments at UC Berkeley are cutting classes and sections this fall, as part of a larger effort to accommodate budget cuts that have left many departments stretched for resources.

Dow Chemical Gives $1 Million To UC Berkeley
In an effort to promote sustainable chemistry, the Dow Chemical Company Foundation announced a $1 million donation to UC Berkeley's College of Chemistry on Friday.

Democratic Club Fails to Make Mayoral Endorsement
At a packed meeting Thursday night, the Berkeley Democratic Club chose its endorsements for this November's election, but failed to make an endorsement for the mayoral race, which some said speaks to the closeness of the race.

Professors to Advise, Review Content of New Medical Wiki
Though doctors rarely make house calls anymore, medical advice from licensed professionals will soon be made available at home.

Students, Alum Win Award for Google Phone Application Design
UC Berkeley business students and alumnus recently won $275,000 for designing an award-winning application for the Android, Google's still-in-development answer to Apple's iPhone.

Berkeley Opens New Green-Friendly Community Sports Complex
Located in the grungy industrial heart of Berkeley are two new fields of artificial grass with caravans of dedicated soccer moms in tow.

Many Express Relief as Tree-Sit Nears End
Though the tree-sitters and their supporters mourned as many of the trees at the oak grove near Memorial Stadium were cut down this weekend, many students have taken a decidedly different attitude toward the impending end of what has become the longest urban tree-sit in history.

UC Berkeley's Deadline is Up, But Tree-Sitters Remain
The campus's 72-hour deadline to evacuate has expired--but the four tree-sitters are still in a tree.

UC Berkeley Removes Branches on Remaining Redwood
Campus police are now removing branches on the lone redwood tree by Memorial Stadium, giving the four remaining tree-sitters less room to maneuver high above the ground.


Sports

Bears Run Rampant on the Palouse in Blowout of Cougars Podcast Gallery
If there were any questions about how the No. 23 Cal football team would respond to hitting the road for its Pac-10 opener, they were swiftly answered in 11 seconds and repeatedly reiterated with 66 points.

Pullman Puts Home Into Perspective
It wasn't just, "Roll on you Bears." It was roll, and roll, and roll and so on. Steamroll on you Bears.

Cal Captures Invitational Without Dropping a Set Video
After going three matches without being tested, the No. 5 Cal women's volleyball team finally encountered a team that refused to back down without a fight.

Bears Douse East-Coast Firepower in Navy Open
The mission for the No. 1 Cal men's water polo team at this weekend's Navy Open was to get its feet wet against the best east-coast teams and pick up a few wins along the way.

Clash of Top-10 Teams Ends In Tie After Two Overtime Periods
It was a battle well fought, but a battle that could not be won.

Scoring Onslaught Overwhelms Mountaineers
Even after the Cal field hockey team learned of Appalachian State's 4-1 loss to Longwood, the Bears didn't change their cautious approach going into Sunday's matchup against the Mountaineers.

One Year Later, Bears Avenge Lopsided 2007 Loss to Mizzou
Down went the oaks. And down went the Tigers.

Men's Golf Team Tees Off In San Francisco
Last season was the year of the comeback for the Cal men's golf team, as the Bears overcame slow start after slow start en route to eight consecutive top-10 finishes. This year, the squad is hoping to skip the adjustment period and dominate outright.

Ptarmigan is the Backdrop For Women's Golf Debut
A year ago, the Cal women's golf team kicked off its fall season by winning the Ptarmigan Ram Fall Classic by 19 strokes.


Arts & Entertainment

So Damn Lucky
If the Dave Matthews Band is a religion, then regular concertgoers are full-time missionaries. It's a hard life, but the tightly-knit Church of the Warehouse spreads the musical gospel in a world of skeptics. Some dole out hand-selected, comprehensive playlists to novice listeners, while others encourage investigators to purchase concert tickets. But all believers experience revelations in the same form: the live show.

Band Honors Memory of Saxophonist LeRoi Moore
Among the hordes of people flocking to Berkeley's Greek Theater last night was a man with a white t-shirt stoically inscribed in magic marker with the words: "RIP LeRoi Moore, 1961-2008." This memorial to the late Dave Matthews Band saxophonist and founding member reflected a shared sentiment of sadness in the minds of his fellow bandmates as they played to sold-out crowds on Friday evening. After thanking the audience for coming out to the show, Matthews described the past year as one that was both "weird" and "sad."

Writer Itamar Moses Brings it Home with 'Yellowjackets'
The Berkeley Repertory Theatre opens its 41st season with Itamar Moses' "Yellowjackets," a fast-paced drama about race and education, directed by Tony Taccone. The play is set in nearby Berkeley High School, the alma mater of Moses himself, and is based on his real-life experiences as a student in the '90s. The play sets itself in the spring of '94 and follows the stories of several students and teachers as they try to cope with racial tensions (both on-campus and off) and the demands of school.

The Dude Abides Gallery
She wore an ashy blonde afro wig, fashionably ripped chaps and a g-string. She asked for a light. Five minutes later, she was onstage shaking her ass with the Extra Action marching band on the first night of Lebowski Fest. Far out, man.

Metallica DEATH MAGNETIC [Warner Bros.] Podcast
METAL-lica. The name tells of the band's roots in the heavy metal domain of rock and roll. Glam, thrash and death metal have all described Metallica's massive sound and unparalleled style at some point. Those who have been listening to their work recorded post-1990s may not be aware that these albums are merely what their original style has deteriorated to. Load, ReLoad and St. Anger display the withering of the heavy drums and wicked guitar solos. However, producer Rick Rubin seems to have revived their original sound in Death Magnetic.

Okkervil River THE STAND INS [Jagjaguwar] Podcast
It makes sense that Okkervil River would derive their name from the title of a short story by an obscure Russian author. Singer/songwriter Will Sheff's heavily literary lyrics are the most striking thing about their latest release The Stand Ins. Unlike many contemporary songwriters, Sheff doesn't dabble in hazy imagery or ambiguous word association. Like an engaging novel, his songwriting teems with well-defined characters, dramatic situations, and themes that unify the album's tales of loss, weariness and cynicism.

Common Market TOBACCO ROAD [Massline]
While Sir Mix-A-Lot's legacy is one to be recognized if not respected, Seattle's burgeoning hip-hop scene has taken a vastly different direction since 1993's "Baby's Got Back." The 206 area code has given rise to acutely conscious hip-hop led by Blue Scholars and the handful of artists on their independent record label Massline.

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